Aug. 5–6: I’m delivering the keynote address at PasswordsCon in Las Vegas.
Oct. 15–17: I’m speaking at the Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York.
Read about past events below.
I joined FTC Commissioner Julie Brill and Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO to talk about privacy, tracking, and due process:
See more clips from the panel discussion here.
While at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO, I sat down with PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what kinds of information data brokers gather about us, how they use it, and what we can do about it. Read a transcript of our conversation, or watch the video below.
I appeared on PBS Frontline’s two-part series on privacy and mass surveillance in the U.S. You can watch me on part two of the program, which aired on May 20, 2014. (Part one aired May 13.) Or, read transcripts from both segments.
I also joined Frontline’s Sarah Childress and Hanni Fakhoury, a senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, for a roundtable discussion on how to protect yourself and your data online:
I spoke with Jasmin Loerchner of Net Wars/Out of CTRL, a multimedia documentary project about cyber crime. I discussed how criminals make use of their victims’ personal data on the Web, whether I support an “Internet of Things,” and more. Read an excerpt below, or the full interview here.
When did you decide to write “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance”? What drove you into your experiment?
For three years, I led a team of investigative reporters who researched privacy issues. During that time, I started to feel that the continuing revelations about how much personal data was being tracked was making people feel hopeless about privacy. So I decided investigate whether I could control my personal data: I sometimes call it an investigation into whether there is any hope for privacy.
Continue reading on netwars-project.com.
I visited my hometown of Palo Alto, CA to speak about Dragnet Nation at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Check out my lecture, followed by a Q&A with the audience:
In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers.
Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying.
“Encryption does work,” Snowden said, via a remote connection at the SXSW tech conference. “It is a defense against the dark arts for the digital realm.”
ProPublica has written about the NSA’s attempts to break encryption, but we don’t know for sure how successful the spy agency has been, and security experts still recommend using these techniques.
And besides, who doesn’t want to defend against the dark arts? But getting started with encryption can be daunting. Here are a few techniques that most people can use.
Encrypt the data you store. This protects your data from being read by people with access to your computer.
Encrypt the data you transmit. The Snowden revelations have revealed that U.S. and British spy agencies are grabbing as much unencrypted data as they can find as it passes over the Internet. Encrypting your data in transit can protect it against spy agencies, as well as commercial data gatherers.
Hear me discuss the game-changing rise in facial recognition technology and other privacy threats during my recent talk at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.